I fully support the efforts of Lorraine Whoberry, the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation and the Heal My Wounds Prison Ministry Program. Any program designed and targeted to help and comfort others and that can be beneficial to the community at large is a very worthwhile project. Graycee Gates Family Violence Coordinator State of Illinois, Circuit Court Cook County
Lorraine Whoberry, On September 24, 2010, I had the honor of attending your “Impact of Victimization” presentation at the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia. Although we had met before, I had never had the opportunity to hear your presentation or to hear about your experience. As the lawyer representing Paul Powell, who committed the crimes against your daughters Stacie and Kristie, I had a unique interest in hearing your views. I was not disappointed. Your presentation should be mandatory for all who work with victims of trauma. Whether they be police, clergy, doctors, nurses, prosecutors, judges or defense lawyers, they could all learn valuable lessons from your presentation. Your presentation gives expression to a view rarely heard from. I would not be surprised if none of these professionals have ever received feedback from victims of trauma as to how their behavior changed the events and experience from the eyes of the person most affected. Your multi-media presentation was also engaging and extremely moving, bringing the audience to tears several times. I know that I, as well as many others in the room, was surprised by many of the insights you shared during your presentation and I will always value what I learned from you that day. Please continue your mission to bring this message to others. Jonathan P. Sheldon Attorney Jon Sheldon Defense Attorney of Paul Powell Fairfax, Virginia
Lorraine is a graduate of the ABC/Ohio Pastoral Leadership Academy of 2010. Lorraine is a strong Christian and has an amazing story to tell. What happened to her daughters is unimaginable and hard to comprehend, and yet Lorraine has risen above a dark tragedy and made her self available for God to use in the lives of others. A ministry on behalf of others has arisen from the ashes of despair. Her heart is a testimony to God’s forgiveness and hope in what at times can be a very dark, dark world. Her love, compassion, and forgiveness is needed in a world often devoid of all. Sincerely, in Christ Rev. Dr. James L. Van Zile, Dean ABC-OH Leadership Academy Campus: First Baptist Church, Sunbury, Ohio
Lorraine, I wanted to write this letter just to say, how important it was to have ever come into contact with you, meet you, and hear your story. Let me explain, my wife, Holly, attended a victim’s gathering where you spoke downtown in Cincinnati. Here also was my victim’s mother. At this speech she told me of your story, the horrific things you and your daughters experienced, and the impact it had on her about forgiveness. She sent me a copy of it through the mail, and when I received it, it brought me to tears in my cell. Why? Because forgiveness was something I knew little about, much less knowing how to forgive myself. You see at the time, I was doing public speaking to first offenders at CRC and other inmates, and I was trying to tell them the importance of accountability, and about God, and the path to stay on when getting to prison. I told them of my struggles and the troubles I had gone through when I first came to prison, the type of person I used to be, and I encouraged them not to travel the path that I had traveled. However, I became burdened after my first few speeches, because I realized I had not been completely honest in my talks. I realized I was encouraging these inmates to be accountable for their crimes, when I myself had not been fully accountable for my own actions. I felt shame, I felt guilt, and I saw that I was basically manipulating my situation to make myself appear better than I really was by telling half truths.. When I read your story, I not only broke down in tears, but I saw you as a reflection of what I hoped to have someday from my victims mother. Your story gave me hope, and it enabled me to see that forgiveness was possible. See, I saw myself and the crime I committed as the lowest thing a person could do to their friend. I hated myself . But I saw that if a mother like you, who had experienced what you did, not only survived , but found it in her heart to FORGIVE a murderer and the heinous act that was committed against her and her daughters… if she could forgive a man after committing an act like that? Then I owe it to myself and everyone else to not only forgive , but I owe it to you, and victims like you to stop feeling sorry for myself, get up, and start living this life as the person God intended me to be. So I found the courage from this point to write my victim’s mother a full confession letter to what I had done. And although it didn’t make me look much better in anyone else’s eyes, it allowed me to confess my sins and be accountable for the life I took. What felt like the weight of the world on my shoulders all those years, was like a feather when I gave it to God, and asked His forgiveness. I wanted my victims mother to know her son did nothing wrong to me that night and that he was a good person. He didn’t deserve what I did out of my own prideful insecurities. From this moment on, I began speaking the truth to all the first time offenders I spoke to. I began dealing in truth period. I began to walk close to God by following Godly principles, and He took me from the dark place I was back then, He took me from the dark individual I used to be, who was still at a level three security, to a level one security and a mentor here at Marion Correctional. You’re a bright light Lorraine, in a very dark place for inmates like me. And if I’m honest, you helped me move forward in my life and your story helped me uncover layers and layers of self hatred, low self worth, and low self esteem. You helped me conquer my internal battle of self image, guilt, and shame…and what I found at my core after I lifted each blanket off of me through forgiveness, was my original bright light I always was, its all anyone has ever been. I thank you again for showing and expressing God’s love and forgiveness to me. Thank you, always, Dale.
Do you want to see university students, adult offenders, or juvenile offenders changed? It is hard to find words to express the IMPACT Lorraine’s presentations had on students at Indiana Wesleyan University, adult offenders at Miami Correctional Facility, IN and juvenile offenders at Grant County, IN Juvenile Detention Facility. I still marvel at the impact God had on so many through Lorraine’s testimony. Jack Brady IWU Jack Brady Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Indiana Wesleyan University
This is a letter of support for Lorraine Whoberry and the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Whoberry over the last five years while working with her and the International Association of Chiefs of Police on the Enhancing Police Response to Victims Program (EPRV). The EPRV Program was developed based on the experiences Ms. Whoberry shared and the insights she provided to help law enforcement better serve victims of crime, to be conscious of their actions while investigating a crime and not unintentionally “re-victimize” the individuals they are attempting to help, and also to provide much needed support in their time of need. Her assistance was invaluable in the preparation and presentation of this program to law enforcement agencies worldwide and will hopefully change the face of law enforcement from this point on. Raymond J. Rose Chief of Police Mundelein, Illinois
It is my pleasure to endorse the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation and its founder, Lorraine Reed Whoberry. As a result of personal tragedy and as one who has endured the horrific consequences of criminal victimization to her family, Ms. Reed Whoberry has become a tireless and dedicated advocate for victims of crime, survivors, and even law enforcement personnel. Ms. Reed Whoberry has spoken publicly about her experiences and has been a vociferous advocate for greater attention to crime victims, the impact of crime, and tougher laws and strong prosecution. She has educated the law enforcement community through the personal lens of her own experiences. Additionally, she has been a guest speaker at university classes to provide insight to students in criminal justice and forensic science programs. Ms. Reed Whoberry’s determination to carry on her daughter’s legacy and transform her tragedy into a journey of hope and reform for others is commendable. She serves as an exemplary model of inspiration that will effectively – through the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation – enable others who are in the throes of desperation to realize that they, too, can be survivors and move forward with their lives. Karen Bune Adjunct Professor, Maymount University, George Mason University Alexandria Police Department – 703.472.5811
My wife Sue and I went to hear Lorraine Whoberry speak on Sun. May 6, 2012 at the First Congregational Church of Stanton, MI. Lorraine has an amazing and powerful testimony that deeply touched our hearts, and everyone in the congregation. Lorraine is humble, honest, truthful, and transparent. She is totally surrendered to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and she is filled with the Holy Spirit. Lorraine depends on the Holy Spirit to give her strength when she is sharing her story. It is not an easy story to tell. It brings back pain and deep emotion every time. Lorraine obediently and graciously tells her story, because she wants to see people set free from unforgiveness. When you hear Lorraine’s story, you will learn that every person who should have been there to help her in her time of greatest need, actually added to the crisis and intensified the trauma in the hours, days, and weeks after Stacie’s murder. In my over 35 years of pastoral experience, I have met very few believers with such a compelling story about personal tragedy and triumph through Jesus Christ. Our need to forgive the people who have wronged us is not a message we want to hear or the path we want to take. It is the most difficult thing we will ever be asked to do. But Lorraine will testify that it is the only way to experience true freedom and to live in peace with God, with ourselves, and with others. Forgiveness is a process, and a journey that takes time, effort, and God’s miraculous work in our heart. Please find a way to hear Lorraine speak in person. Then join me in spreading the word and encouraging churches, prisons, law enforcement agencies, the legal/justice system, EMT’s and emergency room doctors and staff to invite Lorraine to share her story with their people. You can make a difference in our world by helping to spread the word about Lorraine’s story and her ministry through the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation. Pastor John and Sue Smith, Grand Rapids, MI Pastor John W. Smith, M.Div., D.Min. Confidential Coach, PastorCare Network Education Services Marketing Director, Pregancy Resource Center, Associate Pastor, Living Word Christian Center, Artist Management, Substance Music
Lorraine: I am still in awe of what God has done and what God continues to do in your life. I will never forget your visit here Tuesday night. Thank you so very much!!! Blessings/Chaplain Chaplain Mark Morrow Lakin Correctional Center – West Columbia, West Virginia
I would like to briefly share what a blessing Lorraine Whoberry has been in my life. We became friends through the American Baptist Leadership Academy of Ohio three years ago. Over these years Lorraine has shared her journey with Jesus Christ with me, personally, and with my church. The congregation was deeply moved as they listened to the transformation she experienced through the power of forgiveness. I am grateful to know Lorraine Whoberry and her family; God has done an amazing work in their lives. I pray the Lord opens many doors in the future for them to share their testimony of perseverance, forgiveness and hope. Rev. Pamela A. Wantz Linden Avenue Baptist Church
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